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Volleyball Bounces Back With Win at Loyola
Morgan Beil posted a career-best 18 kills. (Hayden O'Shaughnessy)
Morgan Beil posted a career-best 18 kills. (Hayden O'Shaughnessy)
Valparaiso (9-7 (1-1 HL))
at
Loyola (9-6 (1-1 HL))
9/22/2012 | Chicago, Ill. | Attendance: 328
1st2nd3rd4th5th
Valparaiso26292525 --
Loyola24312221 --
Stats at a GlanceVALPOLUC
Hitting Pct..195.152
Kills5060
Errors2135
Total Attacks149165
Assists4858
Aces68
Digs5964
Blocks12.05.0
Statistical LeadersVALPOLUC
KillsBEIL - 18
VOGEL - 16
AssistsCUDNEY - 21
BROWN - 53
AcesCUDNEY - 2
DOOMS - 2
VOGEL - 3
DigsROOT - 16
KINANE - 24
BlocksVANDEN BERG - 7
PURCELL - 4

Saturday, September 22, 2012

The Valparaiso volleyball team rebounded from Friday night's league-opening loss with a solid performance Saturday behind a career-best 18 kills from sophomore Morgan Beil (St. Louis, Mo./Marquette), defeating Loyola 3-1 (26-24, 29-31, 25-22, 25-21) in Chicago, Ill.

Valpo looked like it would cruise to the first set win, running out to a quick 6-1 advantage and pushing the lead out to 16-8. Loyola roared back, however, scoring 10 of the next 11 points to claim the lead at 18-17. The teams went back and forth looking to gain the late momentum, and it looked like the Crusaders would take the opener as they led 23-20. But the Ramblers scored the next four points to earn a set point chance at 24-23. Valpo responded with a kill from freshman Kelsey Berrington (Britton, Mich./Tecumseh), and following a Rambler error, juniors Ellen Vanden Berg (Little Chute, Wis./Little Chute) and Janelle Hobbs (Hartland, Wis./Arrowhead) gave the Crusaders the opener in extra points.

While the first set featured late back-and-forth skirmishes for momentum, the second set was all about trading blows, as the two squads combined for an incredible 21 tie scores and 11 lead changes. Loyola looked to have control at 21-17, but the Crusaders scored five straight, including a pair of Vanden Berg kills, to set up a frantic final stretch. The Ramblers staved off four set point chances for Valpo, while the Crusaders kept the frame alive on a pair of Loyola set point chances before, leading 30-29, the Ramblers finally took advantage of a Crusader attack error to end the set and send the match into the in-game break tied at a set apiece.

Loyola used an 11-3 run spanning the middle portion of the third set to go ahead 17-11, and still looked solidly in control with a 20-15 advantage. But the Crusaders scored the next six points, including two service aces from junior Ariel Cudney (LaPorte, Ind./LaPorte) and a pair of kills by senior Mary Dent (Chicago, Ill./Von Steuben) to storm ahead 21-20. Then, with the set tied at 22-all, Vanden Berg sided out with a kill and delivered an ace from the service line to give Valpo set point, and Beil closed it out with a termination to give the Crusaders a 2-1 lead.

For a match that featured 37 combined ties and 17 lead changes through the first three sets, the final set was relatively benign, as the squads were tied on just three early occasions. Valpo put together a 9-3 spurt to turn a 6-5 lead into a 15-8 advantage, and while the Ramblers scored four straight later in the set to close within 20-18, the Crusaders never led by less than two points as a Beil kill eventually ended the match.

Beil's career-best 18 kills came on .417 hitting, a mark which was matched by Vanden Berg, who picked up 12 kills of her own. Cudney handed out 21 assists to go along with 18 from Berrington. Senior Taylor Root (Jenison, Mich./Jenison) tallied 16 digs, leaving her just five shy of Valpo's all-time record in the category. Vanden Berg also tallied a match-high seven blocks, part of Valpo's season-best 12-block effort.

Loyola got 16 kills from Kathleen Vogel, 14 from Laura Purcell and 13 by Anna Eytchison, but the trio also combined for 26 attack errors on the match. Brittany Brown handed out a match-best 53 assists, while Stephanie Kinane picked up 24 digs.

Valparaiso (9-7, 1-1 Horizon) steps out of league play and returns to the ARC next Wednesday, Sept. 26 as the Crusaders host South Dakota State at 7 p.m. The match can be heard live on WVUR (95.1 FM, Valparaiso) and seen live on the Horizon League Network, with links for the live audio, video and stats available at www.valpoathletics.com.

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W Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
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Baseball Youngstown State 7 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 11 Valpo 10
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Apr 12 t-7th/13 (588)
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Apr 12, 10:00 a.m. Valpo 13
Softball Cleveland State 3 VU Softball Field
Apr 12, 10:00 a.m. Valpo 2
Volleyball Western Michigan/Butler/Eastern Michigan ARC
Apr 12, 1:45 p.m. Valpo
Softball Cleveland State 4 VU Softball Field
Apr 12, 1:45 p.m. Valpo 6
Baseball Youngstown State 12 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 12, 1:45 p.m. Valpo 4
W Tennis Valpo 1 Detroit, Mich.
Apr 12, 1:45 p.m. Detroit 6
M Soccer Benedictine Brown Field
Apr 12, 4:00 p.m. Valpo
W Soccer Haitian National Team Brown Field
Apr 12, 7:00 p.m. Valpo
W Golf Crusader/Jaguar Challenge Valparaiso, Ind. (The Course at Aberdeen)
Apr 13 2nd/6 (657); 5th/6 (692)
M Golf Bluegrass Invitational Lexington, Ky. (University Club Big Blue Course)
Apr 13 t-6th/13 (895)
Softball Cleveland State 6 8 inn.
Apr 13 Valpo 7
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Apr 13 Oakland 6
M Tennis Valpo 1 Notre Dame, Ind.
Apr 13 #12 Notre Dame 6
W Tennis Valpo 0 Chicago, Ill.
Apr 14 Chicago State 7
M Tennis Valpo 7 Homewood, Ill.
Apr 15 Chicago State 0
Baseball Valpo CCD
Apr 15 Toledo
M Track Cougar Invitational River Forest, Ill.
Apr 17 No Team Score
W Track Cougar Invitational River Forest, Ill.
Apr 17 No Team Score
Baseball Valpo 4 Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 17 Milwaukee 0
M Tennis Youngstown State Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18, 11:00 a.m. Valpo
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Apr 18, 3:00 p.m. Milwaukee
Softball Oakland VU Softball Field
Apr 18, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
W Tennis Youngstown State Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18, 4:00 p.m. Valpo
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 19
M Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
W Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
W Tennis Cleveland State Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19, 10:00 a.m. Valpo
Softball Oakland VU Softball Field
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Baseball Valpo Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 19, 1:00 p.m. Milwaukee
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Apr 19, 2:00 p.m. Valpo
M Tennis Cleveland State Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19, 2:00 p.m. Valpo
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 20
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Baseball Ohio Northern Emory G. Bauer Field
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Apr 25
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Apr 25
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Apr 25
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Apr 25
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M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 26 Horizon League Tournament
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 26
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 26
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
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Apr 26, 12:00 p.m. Wright State
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Apr 26, 2:00 p.m. Wright State
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Apr 27, 2:00 p.m. Horizon League Tournament
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 27
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 27
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Apr 27, 12:00 p.m. Wright State
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
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